WorldSBK standings after the Superpole race at Buriram:
The Tissot Superpole race would determine the grid for race two and offered points for the top nine. Eugene Laverty was unable to make the start as his team was still rebuilding his bike from yesterday's brake failure that meant Laverty had to bail off and watch his Ducati hit the air fence and try to achieve orbit.
Press releases from the series organizers and some of the teams after qualifying and the first WorldSBK race in Buriram:
WorldSBK standings after the first race in Thailand:
Twenty laps in tropical heat, World Superbike was contested by nineteen riders. Qualifying was dominated by Alvaro Bautista with reigning world champion Jonathan Rea a consistent second place.
World Supersport superpole was twenty five minutes long, the same configuration as for World Superbike only without a special qualifying tyre.
World Superbike qualifying is the new twenty five minute single session on a hot day in Thailand. After topping all the qualifying sessions, it just remains to be seen if Alvaro Bautista has got the hang of the qualifying tyre yet, or if Jonathan Rea will set another pole position at this track he has dominated since they started racing here.
Federico Caricasulo wrapped up free practice a mere forty five milliseconds quicker than Randy Krummenacher, with Jules Cluzel a further two tenths behind. Thomas Gradinger continued to post good results ahead of Hikari Okubo, the lone Kawasaki in a top six stuffed with Yamahas.
Alvaro Bautista ended free practice having been quickest in every session, ahead of Jonathan Rea. Alex Lowes and Sandro Cortese kept the Yamahas near the top while Leon Haslam crept into the top five.
Press releases from some of the teams and the organizers after the first day of practice in Buriram:
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